Theresa May is now a danger to democracy

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In an international climate of growing authoritarianism, Theresa May’s statement on Wednesday could hardly have been more incendiary. Her attacks on parliamentary debate are dangerous not only for MPs who receive regular death threats, but also for democracy at home and abroad. “MPs have been unable to agree on a way to implement the UK’s… Continue Reading ➤

A Broken Shame-Machine: the Shameful State of Political Shamelessness

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I can remember, years ago, possibly inspired by an early incantation of the long-running Steve Bell cartoon which depicted David Cameron as a condom, rather naively asking my father why politicians were not embarrassed, as most of us might be, to be so universally hated. He reminded me that the politicians who filled Westminster generally… Continue Reading ➤

Venezuela at Boiling Point

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What is Occurring in Venezuela? That Venezuela is a nation in crisis is not breaking news. Inflation rates reached 830,000% in 2019 (IMF), whilst an entire nation was left without medicines, basic food items or even toilet paper on the supermarket shelves. Of the 2.3 million Venezuelans who are living outside the country, 1.6 millon… Continue Reading ➤

Has the Left Lost its Way? – An Interview with Aaron Bastani

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Aaron Bastani is the co-founder of Novara media. He holds a PhD from the New Political Communication Unit, University of London and has written for Vice, London Review of Books, The Guardian and Open Democracy. It is commonplace that the past half-decade, from Brexit to the US presidential election, has been tumultuous for the political… Continue Reading ➤

How the US midterms will unfold, Part 2: The Senate

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Today marks one of the most important elections in modern American history. Trump’s election heralded the ascendancy of a divisive and populist kind of politics which has trampled the norms of American democracy. The outcome of today’s midterm elections could either demonstrate a swift repudiation of Trumpian politics, or rather its enduring appeal. If Trump’s… Continue Reading ➤

Ele Não: The International Media’s Complicity in the Rise of Populism in Brazil and Beyond

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Brazilian Elections: Front Page News on an Unprecedented Scale This Sunday, Brazilians will go to the polls for the second time to elect their next president, but the result is already all but decided. Right-wing populist and retired army officer Jair Bolsonaro, coming off a landslide (and almost outright) victory in the first round, is… Continue Reading ➤

Four lessons from Wittgenstein on Trump

The Trump Blimp in Parliament Square
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Lesson 1 – Politics is not science In Remarks on Frazer’s Golden Bough, Wittgenstein critiques anthropologist James George Frazer’s argument that the ritual practices (magic) of ‘primitive cultures’ are an early and ineffective form of ‘modern science’. Instead, Wittgenstein argues that societies use magic for an entirely different purpose to science – they do fundamentally… Continue Reading ➤

Brazilian Elections 2018: A short introduction to recent events

President Michel Temer with Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes. Photo: Beto Barata /PR

This October Brazilians will go to the polls to elect the country’s future President, Vice President, National Congress, state Governors, and state Legislative Assemblies. With a population of over 200 million, the largest economy in Latin America, an intricate federal system, and the contemporary repercussions of colonialism and dictatorship, Brazilian politics is a labyrinth at… Continue Reading ➤

Have we finally run out of luck?

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Human existence is frustratingly and sometimes terrifyingly arbitrary. Society seems to change chaotically. Nature throws us major curve balls all-too-often, with tsunamis, floods and earthquakes causing utter devastation and loss of life with little or no warning. The world can be a scarily unpredictable place, and for many people, the point of politics is to… Continue Reading ➤

Governments and banks use blockchain, you won’t BELIEVE what happens next!!!

Source: Jerry Cummins

Disclaimer This writer, along with almost every commentator who has published on the internet (which is several hundred thousand) or with a relatively reputable press (which is one… maybe), has a very basic grasp of blockchain technology. This writer has only mined sweet coin in colourful crypto-dreams, though they are the proud owner of a… Continue Reading ➤